- Who does "get out of these reports of 'suspected infection by the coronavirus' to Bari, Parma and so on? The doctors? The medical directors? Who? There is not anything". So writes the virologist Roberto Burioni
on his profile on Facebook. And adds: "be quiet and only communicated the news of certain in this time when people are scared." And a certain news is the one that communicates him the same shortly after on his website medicalfact.it, quoting The Lancet, one of the most prestigious scientific journals. "Bad news", so defines it, which breaks in on the epidemic of this new coronavirus that has so far infected more than 1300 people and killed 41. Then: the infection, writes one of the most prestigious scientific journals, can be spread by people who do not have any symptoms and have no fever. A sign of a virus that affects the "face covered", you know very little, but that has a speed distribution that, perhaps, health care organizations have so far underestimated. "Just some news" "I Understand the fear," writes Burioni about the alarms sent and then denied in our country - but in Italy this coronavirus – thanks to the sky -, has not yet arrived. Then, there is no reason to avoid chinese restaurants, neighborhoods, the chinese and the chinese themselves. The only thing they have to do Italian citizens (and I was the first to say so, provoking some criticism, which now appears grotesque), is simple: do not go to China. Point and just. They should also cease the alarm, and the press should stop trying to generate panic every time that a citizen of asian origin have a fever. Is the period of influence and it is normal for that to happen. Please, journalists: wait for the confirmation of the news before spreading them. The virus of misinformation and fear is very dangerous." "Bad news from China," The virologist in his article condemns the excessive cautale of the international health-organizations in the face of the one that appears undoubtedly as an emergency. With numbers that increase in geometric progression. "From the point of view of the news on the virus, says the virologist - on the contrary, only bad news. The numbers that are coming from China, not them carry even: know that you do not have nothing to do with reality. The World Health Organization (Who), with a decision that I know a lot of politics and little science, has decided after two days of discussions that there is an international emergency. I want to see what she would say today as a result of communication, which new cases are occurring everywhere, including France. Finally - concludes Burioni - news that I believe to be the most terrible of all, which comes from an article published yesterday in The Lancet. But just as ugly. It seems possible the existence of asymptomatic patients, who are well, have no fever, but can spread the coronavirus. Which means that the measurement of the temperature at the airports may not be enough to stop the spread of the disease. The fight against the infection will be more difficult than expected".
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